Maybe We Should All Dress Up Like Steve Jobs

“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.”

Steve Jobs

One thing Christmas presents has taught me over the years is that stuff doesn’t bring you happiness. Sure, new gadgets and gear can enable our creativity. Sure, those new jeans do make our butts look good. Sure, that new record player will be fun to have.

But when all is said and done, we’re still going to want more. As soon as I carefully unwrap my presents (yeah I’m that guy who spends twenty minutes opening a gift), I’m almost immediately itching to get on my laptop and search for deals on the other things on my wishlist.

Wishes don’t end. There’s always another cool thing to buy. If not now, then tomorrow.

I think that’s why people like Steve Jobs only wear one outfit (in his case it was black turtle-neck and 80’s Levi jeans). He put away the distractions and nice things to focus on his creativity.

Am I going to stop giving people gifts? No! I love finding the perfect present for the people I care about. Does that mean I’m going to stop wanting gifts or stop asking for them? Heck NO.

But I will remind myself to focus on what matters and truly makes me happy, versus the things that only give small fleeting moments of comfort.


The Gift of Nothing — Patrick McDonnell

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #788 🎅

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